Giallo Essentials: Black Edition Blu-ray Collection Announced by Arrow Video

by Susan Ryant

Announced by Arrow Video this morning, Giallo Essentials: Black Edition is coming soon, Arrow’s third Blu-ray collection of classic Italian Giallo movies from the early 1970s.

The new collection arrives on July 26, 2022.

“While the release of Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage gave rise to a glut of imitators, there was more to the giallo than just shameless copycats setting out to ape a rigid formula. This volume of Giallo Essentials celebrates the range and breadth of the genre with three lesser-seen films from its early 1970s heyday.”

In Silvio Amadio’s Smile Before Death , familicide with a sprinkling of Oedipal love is the order of the day when teenager Nancy (Jenny Tamburi) returns home to discover the apparent suicide of her mother, and quickly comes to suspect that her stepfather (Silvano Tranquilli) and his mistress (Rosalba Neri) are to blame.

Next, Horny priests and self-flagellating nuns abound in Francesco Mazzei’s The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive , as police commissioner Franco Boito (Renzo Montagnani) investigates the brutal murder of a young clergyman, only to enter into an affair with the dead man’s lover (Bedy Moratti).

Finally, in Giuseppe Bennati’s The Killer Reserved Nine Seats , an assortment of wealthy degenerates – including Italian cult mainstays Andrea Scotti and Howard Ross – answer the summons of an eccentric nobleman (Chris Avram) and assemble in the theatre attached to his ancestral home, only to find themselves trapped in the decaying building while a savage killer picks them off Agatha Christie-style!

With gory murders, wanton debauchery and left-field plot twists a-plenty, all three of these oft-overlooked gialli are restored in 2K from their original camera negatives – including brand-new, Arrow-exclusive restorations of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive – alongside a range of in-depth bonus features.

Head over to Diabolik to learn more and pre-order your set today!

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